The Birthday Cake
The Adventures of Pettson and Findus
A hilarious cumulative story about baking a ‘pancake-cake’ for the cat with three birthdays a year! When Pettson sets out to make Findus a cake, he finds that he’s missing a key ingredient. This starts a hilarious chain of events resulting in Pettson distracting a bull, climbing through a skylight into his attic to find his fishing pole to fish the key out of the well, so he can open his shed, fix his flat tire, then ride to the store to buy some flour (and a new pair of overalls), then made a tasty cake for Findus!
....this amusing picture book indeed offers a good story to tell, with a text sufficiently well crafted and detailed enough to engage children who may be reading on their own but still enjoy hearing books read aloud. The colorful line-and-wash illustrations brim with lively details and exaggeration...Full of dramatic and comical moments, here’s a treat for fans of the Adventures of Pettson and Findus series
Carolyn Phelan, Booklist
The charm of the writing has much to recommend it, but it's the art that is the true star of the show. No matter how raucous or riotous Nordqvist's illustrations become, there's still room to include little Zen details, such as the chicken with its comb in a single hair roller or a pair of pups in a tree staring lovingly at the moon.
Charming...This stand-alone title in a series is sure to win hearts and minds.
Vicky Smith, The New York Times
Nordqvist’s illustration style is bursting at the seams with character and energy. He takes every opportunity to infuse little surprises under every leaf, in each nook and cranny...it is still a treasure that will lure a new generation of readers, rendering them life-long fans of Pettson and Findus.
Cindy Helms, New York Journal of Books
The delightful, chaotic, jumbled illustrations of Pettson's house and Findus' explorations convey eccentric original charm and personality, friendship, security, and warmth.
Midwest Book Review
It’s not often that we come across books with such immediate and lasting appeal as Sven Nordqvist’s ‘Findus’ series. The stories are ingenious, the characters are quirky and original, and the illustrations are absolutely delightful... I can’t recommend them highly enough. Hurrah for Findus!
Phillip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass